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FCC Revokes China Telecom's License to Operate in U.S.

FCC LogoThe Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted today to kick China Telecom out of the US, revoking their license to operate.  China Telecom has 60 days to cease operations.

According to the press release, the FCC decided that China Telecom “is subject to exploitation, influence, and control by the Chinese government and is highly likely to be forced to comply with Chinese government requests without sufficient legal procedures subject to independent judicial oversight.”

Additionally, the FCC commented that China Telecom Americas (the subsidiary operating in the US) poses significant national security concerns by “providing opportunities for the company and the Chinese government to access, store, disrupt, and/or misroute US communications.”

And finally, the FCC feels that CTA’s “conduct and representations to the Commission and other U.S. government agencies demonstrate a lack of candor, trustworthiness, and reliability that erodes the baseline level of trust that the Commission and other U.S. government agencies require of telecommunications carriers given the critical nature of the provision of telecommunications service in the United States.”

In short, the FCC feels Chinese Telecom hasn’t behaved, won’t behave, and can’t be trusted.

The vote was unanimous (4-0).


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